The Washington Information Directory (WID) is a topically organized reference resource that lists contact information for federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the Washington metro area along with a brief paragraph describing what each organization does related to that topic. In addition, WID pulls together 55 organization charts for federal agencies, congressional resources related to each chapter topic, hotline and contact information for various specific areas of interest (from Food Safety Resources to internships in Washington), and an extensive list of active congressional caucuses and contact details. WID has two appendices, one with thorough information on congresspersons and committees, and the second with governors and embassies.

Small and Disadvantaged Business

Small and Disadvantaged Business

Small and disadvantaged business



Agency for International Development (USAID), Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), 301 4th St. S.W., #SA-44, Room 848, 20024 (mailing address: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., #SA-44, Room 848, Washington, DC 20523); Mauricio P. Vera, Director. Main, (202) 567-4730.

General email,


Counsels small and minority-owned businesses on how to do business with USAID. Identifies opportunities for small businesses in subcontracting with the agency.

Agriculture Dept. (USDA), Rural Development, Rural Business–Cooperative Service, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., #5803-S, MS 3201, 20250-3201; (202) 690-4730. Fax, (202) 690-4737. Bette Brand, Administrator.


Administers programs that provide the capital, technical support, educational opportunities, and entrepreneurial skills to rural residents to grow businesses or access jobs in agricultural markets. Promotes the use of cooperative businesses. Interests include ...

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